Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Horror Story??

I've posted this before, but this is definitely worth repeating on Halloween!!

I continually hear people say that their realtor bugged them for weeks to get them to list their house with them. They finally agreed to list it and they never saw the realtor again!! I'm not exaggerating! Check out this story....

New example of a “list em and leave em” real estate company

Wednesday, May 02, 2007JANESVILLE, Wis. — A couple checking out a house for sale were shocked to discover the 55-year-old homeowner dead in her bed. Authorities said foul play was not suspected. Real estate agent Linda Chabucos-Galow stood in the dining room while Justin and Colleen McKeen walked through a house Monday night. Before long, she heard Colleen McKeen scream."I thought, 'What's wrong?' Maybe it was a dead mouse or something," Chabucos-Galow said.But then she peered into the bedroom and saw the body of Linda L. O'Leary.

An autopsy determined O'Leary had been dead for two to three weeks, Rock County Coroner Jenifer Keach said Wednesday. The cause of death remained under investigation, but the woman appeared to have died of natural causes and no foul play was suspected, Keach said.

Gale Kent, the Coldwell Banker First United Realty agent who listed the house, said it was for sale "for a while."Chabucos-Galow said she had noticed a faint odor but thought it was from the mess in the house or the countertop full of dishes.After seeing the body, she said she told the couple: "'We need to leave. This is not right. We need to get out of here.'

"I rest my case! If you want to list your house with someone that will communicate with you---give me a call! I look forward to hearing from you.

Jacksonville FL Real Estate Improving?

After spending the past 3 days looking at homes from St. Johns County all the way to the Northern most end of Duval County, I am beginning to think that the market has picked up! I was pleasantly surprised to see that several of the homes we were interested in had gotten contracts in just the past 4 or 5 days. I'm not sure exactly what this means because I don't know what the homes "closed" at. I won't know what the homes sold for until they actually close in a few weeks. I also heard from several Realtors that I scheduled showing appointments with, that they have had a LOT of activity on their listings. I wonder if this means that we truly have finally bottomed out? I will say this, there continues to be new listings posted every night in MLS, and the prices continue to drop on homes already on the market. I don't know if the influx of new listings is just seasonal, or if it's people "testing the market" again. I'm anxious to see the numbers in a couple of weeks. When I find out what the homes sold for, I'll pass the info along to you. In the meantime, please take a minute to look at my listing on Ashglen Drive. I have a VERY MOTIVATED seller that is going to kill me if I don't hurry up and sell her home! Won't you help save a Realtor???